The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) says that the United States spends around $7 billion a year on K-12 textbooks, even though these K-12 textbooks are outdated by seven to ten years on an approximate. There is no arguing the fact that using Android tablets or iPad tablets instead of K-12 textbooks will give students new avenues for learning in the classrooms. Since the K-12 tablets cost around $100 to $150 per device nowadays, schools can affordably buy tablets in bulk and then improve their study material through alternative teaching methods.
Role of Tablets in E-Learning
Although there is no scientific proof to say that tablets will improve the studying habits of kindergartens, there are suggestive signs that indicate digital devices will help children of all age learn progressive chapters through visual aids.
In 2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt tested an Algebra educational app on iPad tablets in the Riverside Unified School District of California for a year. The test indicated that students who used iPad version scored higher marks in exams owing to the design as well as the interface of the Apple device. The pilot test also suggested that with videos, graphical representations, as well as in-built quizzes, iPads invited the students to partake in the studies and give instant feedback to teachers. Resultantly, students’ attention span better.
In digital learning, it is the format of content and the presentation of content that matters for teachers, and for that, they need to pick the right educational Android or iOS app for tablets. Both Apple as well as Google offers plenty of education apps that may ease out learning for children with disabilities and other students. Using education apps could make the tutors task of data curation somewhat challenging, but ease out the burden of lecturing for sure.
As branded Android tablets have apps with parental controls, education sector can take advantage of that in K-12 learning. Furthermore, tablets featuring exclusive projector apps can help teachers to make classrooms interactive through visual aids and control the class through infrared pointers.
So it can be said that the future of digital learning through tablets is here. Beyond the tablets themselves, other components of digital learning, such as the education apps, will also play a key role developing a comprehensive teaching method.